Bryan Shooting Suspect Knew Victim

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BRYAN - Joe Luis Becerra is a registered sex offender and is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after fatally shooting 26-year-old Jose Guardado in the 1300-block of Groesbeck Street in Bryan Saturday night.

Jose Guardado, was common-law married to Heather Becerra, Joe Becerra's niece.

Heather Becerra told police that her family had been together at the 1300 block of Groesbeck Saturday night, many of them drinking. She took her kids, aunt, and mother away from the scene after her uncle, Joe, became intoxicated and started fighting with people, including Guardado.

As she was taking her family away from the scene, Heather Becerra said that she heard her uncle ask his ex-wife, Sylvia Ramirez, where his gun was.

After Heather Becerra left with the family, neighbors say they saw three men walking to the second story of the two-story blue house on Groesbeck. Those men were later identified as the suspect, victim, and the victim's friend, Mauricio Salazar.

According to the statement from the arresting officer, Salazar said he was in the restroom and music was playing at the time of the shooting, so he says he did not hear a gun shot, but when he came out, he found Guardado by the front door of the second-story apartment.

Salazar told police that Guardado said "he," referring to Becerra, shot him.

Becerra is accused of shooting Guardado in the upper abdomen. Guardado was taken to St. Joseph Hospital where he later died as a result of his injuries.

Witnesses told police that Salazar went next door to ask someone to call 911 because Guardado had been shot. Police say the 911 call came in around 8:45pm.

Police caught up with Becerra in the 1800 Block of Groesbeck about an hour later where they said he had dirt and sticker burrs all over him and they could not find the gun he allegedly used in the shooting.

When he was questioned about the shooting back at Bryan PD, he told police they had "the wrong guy" and that the real suspect was a man with whom Heather Becerra was allegedly using to cheat on her husband.

Police had enough information from witnesses to charge Becerra with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Becerra was convicted in 1995 of indecency with a child and was registered as a sex offender.

The District Attorney's office is waiting to hear from investigators to determine if Becerra will face additional charges after Guardado died.

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